Tropical Storm Carlos batters Mexico's southwest coast

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ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Officials ordered schools closed Monday and readied shelters along Mexico's southwestern coast as Tropical Storm Carlos battered beaches with high waves and strong wind as it swirled just offshore.

Carlos was downgraded from a hurricane Sunday, but forecasters said it would likely regain minimal hurricane force while gradually edging toward land over the next 48 hours.

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Two men navigate near a nearly sunken boat after the passing of hurricane Carlos in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Tropical Storm Carlos churned up strong winds and waves Sunday while threatening to regain strength as it trudged up Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
Two men paddle on a small boat towards a yatch that was damaged by winds and rains from hurricane Carlos in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Tropical Storm Carlos churned up strong winds and waves Sunday while threatening to regain strength as it trudged up Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A man stands near damaged ships that were thrown against the beach by winds and rains from hurricane Carlos in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Tropical Storm Carlos churned up strong winds and waves Sunday while threatening to regain strength as it trudged up Mexico's Pacific coast. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A van drives next to a tree that was toppled by high winds in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
Puerto Juarez is pelted by heavy rain and high winds in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
A man and a child run under heavy rain in Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
A man walks beside a collapsed tree, due to strong winds, in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
Tourists cross Nader street, flooded be recent heavy rains in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Utility workers survey the damage caused by winds and rains from hurricane Carlos in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Carlos lost its brief hurricane status on Sunday as it weakened while sitting nearly stationary some 65 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Acapulco, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, which measured top sustained winds at 65 mph (110 kph) Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A man watches as waves crash against a sea wall in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Saturday, June 13, 2015. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane warning for parts of southwestern Mexico as Hurricane Carlos, now a category 1 storm, is expected to approach the coast late Monday. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A man gets off a ferry next to two sunken yachts after hurricane Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Hurricane Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. AFP PHOTO / Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
A sunken sailboat is seen at the Yacht Club after hurricane Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Hurricane Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. AFP PHOTO / Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents look at damages caused by hurricane Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Hurricane Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
An unidentified person walks in the rain in Puerto Juarez in Cancun, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
Tourists cross Nader street, flooded be recent heavy rains in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, June 14, 2015. As tropical storm Carlos batters the Pacific coast of Mexico, tropical weather is raising havoc along the Caribbean coast in Cancun. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
A man watches as waves crash against a sea wall in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Saturday, June 13, 2015. The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane warning for parts of southwestern Mexico as Hurricane Carlos, now a category 1 storm, is expected to approach the coast late Monday. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A woman stands among rubble at the beach during tropical storm Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Hurricane Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
A boat is seen near the pier during tropical storm Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Carlos gathered hurricane strength off the Mexican Pacific coast Saturday, as it threatened to lash the region with heavy rain. AFP PHOTO / Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man tries to control a boat during tropical storm Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Carlos gathered hurricane strength off the Mexican Pacific coast Saturday, as it threatened to lash the region with heavy rain. AFP PHOTO / Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman wades through a flooded street after rains from tropical storm Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 12, 2015. Tropical Storm Carlos formed off Mexico's Pacific coast earlier this week, threatening to lash the region with heavy rain and grow into a hurricane over the weekend. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents and soldiers clean the rubble caused by hurricane Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Hurricane Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man remains at the beach during tropical storm Carlos in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico on June 14, 2015. Hurricane Carlos was downgraded to a tropical storm Sunday off Mexico's Pacific coast, forecasters said. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
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The storm was centered about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south-southwest of the port city of Lazaro Cardenas early Monday with top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph), the hurricane center said. The storm was moving west-northwest about 6 mph (9 kph).

Beaches in Acapulco were much less busy Sunday than usual for a weekend as six-foot (two-meter) waves washed away more than a dozen small palm-frond huts and strong winds knocked down some trees. Workers cleared away hammocks and lounge chairs from beachside hotels and cafes.

Jonathan Capote, spokesman for Guerrero state's Civil Protection agency, said no serious damage had been reported and only one injury was known, someone who fell from a fence.

"Aside from a few fallen billboards and trees, we haven't had any damage," he said.

Out in the sea, two surfers braved the dangerous conditions to ride the big crashing waves.

Sergio Pina, a business risk manager from Mexico City, stood among a group of spectators watching the wild weather.

"It's impressive. It's very strong," he said. "There are launches turned over, fallen cables."

Officials said schools would be closed Monday and urged residents to stay inside their homes. State authorities said 507 shelters, including 98 in Acapulco, had been prepared along Guerrero's coast.

Coastal areas stretching north from Acapulco also were taking precautions and beaches there were less busy than usual.

Carlos, on Saturday, briefly became the third hurricane of the 2015 eastern Pacific season. Forecasters said it still threatened to bring heavy rains that could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Rain accumulations of 6 inches to 10 inches (15 to 25 centimeters) were possible in southwestern Mexico, with a chance for up to 15 inches (37 centimeters) in some areas, according to the hurricane center.

A hurricane warning extended from Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero to Punta San Telmo in Michoacan, and a hurricane watch from west of Punta San Telmo to Manzanillo in Colima state.

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